Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Wetherspoons shuts down all pub social media accounts

Wetherspoon has more than 44,000 Twitter followers and more than 100,000 followers on Facebook Wetherspoon has more than 44,000 Twitter followers and more than 100,000 followers on Facebook
Russell Knight | 16 April, 2018, 18:53

So it was with a heavy heart that the outspoken founder Tim Martin told his legions of fans this morning that the chain is shutting its Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for all 900 pubs - as well as its head office - with immediate effect.

The decision follows the recent #DeleteFacebook movement which saw companies like Tesla Inc. and Playboy Enterprises Inc.

Martin has been one of the most vocal supporters of Brexit within the United Kingdom business community, receiving a lot of criticism on social media because of his stance. He said that he does not believe that closing the accounts will have any affect on the business "whatsoever".

He also expressed concern about the misuse of personal data and "the addictive nature of social media".

Martin said he had become increasingly concerned about the use of social media to criticise MPs and other public figures, especially those from religious or ethnic minorities.

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JDW has more than 44,000 followers on Twitter, as well as 102,902 Facebook "likes" and 98,160 Facebook followers, all of who will have to find out about their favourite Wetherspoon pubs through their websites and the pubco's magazine.

"It's becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion", Martin added.

In the aftermath of the surprise announcement, "many commentators suspected it was a publicity stunt", The Guardian reports - but the bargain boozer has good reason to call time on its social media accounts.

'We will still be as vocal as ever through our Wetherspoon News magazine, as well as keeping the press updated at all times.

Wetherspoon said that customers looking to get in touch with it could contact the business through its website or by visiting one of its sites.

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